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  1. Virginia Armed Sloop question

    Hi. Sorry for the delay, but I'm now searching for an answer for your first question. Clayton A. Feldmand in his book 'Modeling an armed Virginia Sloop of 1768' gives us an explanation in page 6 of chapter 1: "A spreader yard or crossjack not only spreads the foot of the topsail, but also serves as a yard for an optional lower square sail, which could be called the main course, the crossjack sail, or simply the square sail, depending on which source one relies upon. The spreader yard in this Virginia sloop is raised by means of a horse, a stout vertical rope fixed between trestletrees and deck (one of several uses for the term horse). This permits the yard to be rapidly raised or lowered without interfering with the raising or lowering of the gaff. Once up and in place, the yard would be lashed to the mast with a rope guide or parrel." It's a very interesting book and, in my opinion; a reference for this type of vessels. Sadly, it is out of print.

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